Great Britain head to Leicester to begin World Cup Odyssey

Great Britain will stage its first game of next season at the Leicester Arena, when its senior men begin their bid to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019.

Following a nationwide review of venues, and British Basketball’s stated strategy to take more internationals to different parts of the country, Leicester will host the World Cup qualifier with Greece on Friday November 24th.

It will follow an already well-attended friendly at the Copper Box to be held on August 19th.

The Leicester Sports Arena was opened in January 2016 as the new home for the British Basketball League champions, Leicester Riders. The Arena has already developed a reputation for producing a loud, passionate atmosphere for basketball, and is certain to do so again, when GB play there for the first time.

Those wanting to be part of what promises to be a spectacular event can do so by purchasing tickets at or by calling 0116 326 9700, with tickets going on General Sale at 9am on Monday 14th August.

Israel and a final team chosen from the pre-qualifying tournament will complete Group H, from which three will progress to next season’s Second Stage of qualifiers.

British Basketball Chief Executive Lisa Wainwright said, “One of the messages I have heard most often is that we need to stage more senior internationals in different parts of the country. We’ve listened and we’re acting on that desire. This is another part of the jigsaw where the whole game works together and we look forward to working with our partners to put on these games.”

Kevin Routledge, Chairman of Leicester Riders, said, “We are delighted to be staging such an important game for the Great Britain men in Leicester at our new Arena, and we are certain the atmosphere will be electric.”

“Everyone knows the quality of the Greek team, and no doubt they will draw their own fans from expats in the area. But we are also sure that Riders fans, and basketball fans from throughout the East Midlands, will want to create a noisy and winning environment for the Great Britain team.”

Venues for GB’s other games this season will be announced at a later date.